Northern NM Fire Sends Up Tall Plumes Of Smoke

Jun 10, 2013

The Jaroso Fire started on June 10th, 2013 in the Pecos Wilderness near Truchas, NM.
Credit Deborah Martinez

UPDATE 2p: Smoke from the Jaroso Fire in the Pecos Wilderness has created a 20,000 foot column in the New Mexico sky. 

The wildfire has grown to over 1200 acres and fire officials say crews are developing plans to fight the blaze. 

Because of the fire's extreme behavior- it's burning in an area with a lot of trees killed by bark beetles- all air resources were pulled off the fire Monday. 

UPDATE 6/11 6a: As crews battle the Jaroso Fire burning in the Pecos Wilderness, the safety of firefighters is a top concern. Rappelling fire-fighters were pulled off the fire last night because of extreme fire behavior.

There are no structures at risk and the fire is burning in steep,  rugged terrain. High winds have fanned the flames and dead and downed trees are fuel. The fire is expected to grow to 1000 acres by this morning. 

UPDATE 6/10 5:30p: Yet another fire is now burning in the Santa Fe National Forest. The Jaroso Fire began this afternoon about 10 miles southeast of Truchas.

KRQE-TV reports the fire has burned 3 acres in the rugged Pecos Wilderness where it is expected to spread through an area of dead and downed trees.

No structures are threatened.


New Mexico National Guard troops are helping support firefighters strengthening lines around the Thompson Ridge fire in northern New Mexico and mopping up hotspots within the fire's perimeter.

The fire burning in the Valle Caldera National Preserve and the Santa Fe National Forest has burned just under 33 square miles near Jemez Springs. It started May 31.

Approximately 1,000 personnel are assigned to the fire. Approximately 20 National Guard personnel are delivering supplies to firefighters.

Fire management team spokeswoman Margot Witt says containment is estimated at 40 percent.

Witt says cloud cover helped firefighters make good progress Sunday. The fire continues to be most activity on its southeast side.

State Route 4 is closed from its junction with State Route 126 to the junction with State Route 501.